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Houston Grand Opera Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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  1. "Former Dancer"

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    Former Employee - Dancer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Dancer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houston Grand Opera (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some gigs are paid well

    Cons

    Some gigs are not paid as well

    Advice to Management

    Hire more dancers from Houston, and advertise more opportunities to Houston dancers. I see other dancers are hired to do acrobatics, but I do not know about those auditions or how they got placed .


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate opera"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston Grand Opera full-time

    Pros

    Talented, dedicated, mission-driven, mostly friendly colleagues; convenient downtown location; proximity to other arts organizations; quality of product

    Cons

    Small hope of advancement; entrenched, rigid senior management; unclear policies and insufficiently documented procedures mean you're always making mistakes and making someone angry; training in byzantine procedures and tech tools is completely inadequate; departments meet incessantly yet remain siloed and unwilling to work cooperatively.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CFO to streamline procedures and reporting relationships, then actually MAINTAIN them through monitoring and ongoing training. Hire managers who actually know how to manage personnel, not just projects. Prioritize employee training, and continuing staff development.

  3. "Interesting and meaningful work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Houston Grand Opera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for passion to be your work, great connections and experience in the field. High profile company in this field.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover, poor management, little chance for advancement. Extremely poor work/life balance because of significant expectations to be available nights and weekends on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Train the staff to comply with 21st century business standards for conduct, ethics, and management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houston Grand Opera full-time

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and wonderful people. Management goes beyond the call of duty to provide employees opportunities to incorporate areas of interest into current job. They also encourage involvement with local professional organizations and professional education.

    Cons

    Have to work nights and evenings but you also get to enjoy opera which isn't too much of a compromise.


  5. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Houston Grand Opera (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Feel like you are working to help the art form. Great vacation benefits.

    Cons

    No clear direction and no accountability. Very high turnover.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Potential to be a good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool building. Exposure to the arts.

    Cons

    No training program or curriculum for management. Work is dumped on new employees and no quality checks or mentoring. A lot of finger pointing when it isn't needed.

    Feedback = Beratement

    Everyone wants to look good for the Director even at the expense of others and their jobs. Inexperienced senior management when it comes to fact finding and people management.

    Advice to Management

    Always remember there are ALWAYS two sides to every story. Sadly, even management can be unethical and dishonest when they want to look good for others. Admit your mistakes and grow from them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent reputation. Professional staff. Great team."

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston Grand Opera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive artistic and administrative team. Active community support. Excellent artistic product.

    Cons

    Long hours. Inconsistent leadership. Compensation not keeping pace with external market or growth of company in all but the most senior positions

  8. "Great people, great art, great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly family atmosphere, some of the best opera in the world

    Cons

    Incapable and nontransparent senior management.


  9. "Good first job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to see opera. Interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Lots of nights and weekends


  10. Helpful (2)

    "HGO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, flexible work arrangements, great product, some very fun people as colleagues, interesting work, making a difference in the arts.

    Cons

    some senior management members are not very good at their jobs and they don't seem to communicate well with people below them

    Advice to Management

    Do you realize that the people who work for you are more important than fancy new productions of operas that we might be able to rent for less money? Given the current economic climate, audiences in Houston would be OK with great singers on a rented set.


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